PGA Tour boss to stay on to 2016

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PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem has received a four-year contract extension, keeping him in charge of golf’s biggest tour through 2016.

Finchem, 64, has been commissioner since 1994. He suggested last year that he might be willing to stay on the job after his contract was up in 2012. The extension was approved by a policy board of five independent directors and four player directors.

He is coming off a demanding three years of an economic crisis in which the PGA Tour remained fully sponsored and recently signed a nine-year television deal with CBS Sports and NBC Sports.

WASTED TRIP: Lucas Glover is leaving Hawaii without hitting a single shot in competition.

Glover limped from the practice range back to his hotel room Wednesday after withdrawing from the Sony Open with a sprained right knee that still is not strong enough for him to play golf.

“It’s getting better,” Glover said. “But I’m not going to risk making it worse.”

The former U.S. Open champion sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee on Dec. 31 during a freak paddle boarding accident upon arriving on Maui for the PGA Tour’s season opener.

The ex-Clemson star withdrew from the Tournament of Champions, but thought he might be able to play the Sony Open because Waialae Country Club is relatively flat and easier to walk.

NEW STOP: The Charlotte, N.C., area is getting a Nationwide Tour event.

The Chiquita Classic, a two-year-old Nationwide Tour event formerly held in Cincinnati, will be played Sept. 24-30 at the Club at Longview in the Charlotte suburb of Weddington, N.C.

A three-year tournament agreement is in place.


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